dimanche 25 mai 2014

Une première : la visite de Joe Biden en Chypre du Nord

Biden’s visit to Turkish Cyprus a historical step, says FM Davutoğlu


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Turkish Cyprus is a historical step as it shows equal treatment to both sides and gives a positive message, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said May 23.

During his visit to the divided island, Biden hailed Cyprus as a “key partner” and said its rival leaders had agreed to “speed up” efforts to end the 40-year division. Biden ended his visit, the highest level by a U.S. official to Cyprus since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1962, late on May 22.

“Biden’s message that demonstrates an equidistant approach to the parties is positive, according to us,” Davutoğlu said at a press conference with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev in Ankara.

Citing ongoing reunification talks between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Davutoğlu said Biden’s visit to Cyprus was “timely” and had the “right agenda,” expressing hope that his visit would accelerate the negotiations.

“Biden’s visit to Turkish Cyprus and meeting with Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu is a historical step,” the minister said, noting that a permanent solution was impossible without an equidistant approach to the parties.

After meeting with Biden, Eroğlu said the vice president’s visit to the island had raised hopes of finding a solution to the crisis in Cyprus. Eroğlu and Biden also agreed that the possibility of achieving unity on the divided island relied on a comprehensive solution, with the Turkish Cypriot president adding that they agreed to accelerate negotiations and meet more often with the Greek side.

Eroğlu announced that he would meet Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades twice a month following an agreement reached late May 22, noting that a comprehensive solution would lead to an opportunity to join the European Union and to be recognized by the international community.

“The time has come for a solution to the Cyprus issue,” Eroğlu said. “We cannot proceed by blaming or driving each other into a corner.”

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bidens-visit-to-turkish-cyprus-a-historical-step-says-fm-davutoglu.aspx?pageID=238&nID=66882&NewsCatID=510

Le vice-Premier ministre turc salue la visite de Joe Biden à Chypre
21 Mai 2014 19:19 (Dernière mise a jour 21 Mai 2014 19:37)

Pour la première fois depuis 1962, un vice- président américain se rend à Chypre.

AA - Ankara - Hamza Gedikoğlu

Le vice-Premier Ministre turc beşir atalay a salué le mercredi 21 mai la visite du vice-président américain Joe Biden à Chypre et à la contribution des États-Unis aux pourparlers de paix sur l'île.

S’exprimant lors d’une conférence de presse, Besir Atalay a déclaré que ''Cette fois les négociations chypriotes vont être efficaces. Nous voyons les contributions constructives de l'Union européenne et des Etats-Unis comme véritablement utiles''.

Pour la première fois depuis 1962, un vice-président américain se rend à Chypre afin de discuter avec les dirigeants de l’île des moyens pour faire avancer le processus de paix.

Le président de la commission de politique extérieure du Parlement turc, Volkan Bozkir, avait déclaré à l'Agence Anadolu le mardi 20 mai à Washington, que la principale attente soulevée sur la question chypriote est la baisse de l'écart de bien-être économique et de revenus entre les deux côtés de l'île.

Interrogé sur le rôle des États-Unis dans les pourparlers de paix à Chypre, Bozkir avait déclaré que les USA avaient fait un énorme effort dans le processus de paix et ont réalisé ce que l'Union européenne n'a pa pu réalisé.

"La visite de Joe Biden va accélérer le rythme des pourparlers de paix d'une manière positive", a-t-il ajouté.

La visite de Biden intervient alors que la République turque de Chypre du Nord et de l'administration chypriote grecque poursuivaient les pourparlers de paix visant à résoudre le conflit qui a conduit à la partition de l'île il y a 40 ans.

La Chypre est divisée depuis 1974, lorsqu’un coup d'etat militaire grec a tenté d'annexer l'île à la Grèce qui avait ensuite été suivie par une intervention militaire turque afin de protéger les chypriotes turcs.
Source : http://www.aa.com.tr/fr/news/332269--le-vice-premier-ministre-turc-salue-la-visite-de-joe-biden-a-chypre

dimanche 11 mai 2014

Un homme d'affaires chypriote-grec réclame l'aide d'Erdogan face au gouvernement sud-chypriote

‘Save us, Erdoğan!’ Greek Cypriot businessman begs Turkish PM

Ömer BİLGE NICOSIA – Hürriyet

A Greek Cypriot businessman has urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “to save” him from the Greek Cypriot government in the south.

Leondis Hristou, 56, who has a bus and taxi business, addressed Erdoğan as “the guarantor of the Republic of Cyprus” in a letter to the Turkish prime minister.

“I am the father of four kids. The state has been torturing me economically for years. I have two taxis and I bought 20 buses, getting into debt. I wanted to carry tourists between Limassol and Larnaca, but they won’t allow it. [Greek Cypriot authorities in the south] also canceled my previous licenses,” Hristou said in the letter.

Speaking to daily Hürriyet, Hristou said he faxed his letter to Erdoğan’s office and said one of his friends would soon visit Ankara to deliver it to the prime minister personally.

Hristou said he would move to Turkish Cyprus if his problems were not solved.

“Turkey claims it intervened in Cyprus in 1974 to maintain the order. The order in Cyprus [the Greek Cypriot part] is disturbed again. If Turkey is a guarantor, Prime Minister Erdoğan should maintain the order again,”
Hristou said.

He added that he would organize a protest in Ankara “if Erdoğan doesn’t care.”

The Treaty of Guarantee between the Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom, which was signed in 1960, recognizes the three countries as Cyprus’ guarantors of independence, territorial integrity and security.

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/save-us-erdogan-greek-cypriot-businessman-begs-turkish-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=66279&NewsCatID=351

vendredi 9 mai 2014

Anna Stamou : une candidate grecque, écologiste et voilée aux européennes

Muslim World  11:02, 08 May 2014 Thursday
Headscarfed Muslim woman to run for Greece in EP polls
Anna Stamou, a former yoga teacher and now an activist politician, seeks to ensure equality for Muslims in her country.

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Muslim, headscarfed Greek woman is running for a seat for her country at the European Parliament, with an eye on preventing any discrimination against Muslims and to ensure equality for Greek Muslims.

Anna Stamou is significant in that she is the first headscarfed nominee in the European Parliament (EP) elections on May 25 and will be the first such MP if elected.

Stamou, wife to an Egyptian husband, describes herself as an active woman, not only in dealing with regional issues but also making efforts for the "big picture."

"I have been nominated from the Eco Green Party Greece - the ecological political party that is a member of the European Green party - as it perfectly reflects my opinions," Stamou tells Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

The basic principles of the Ecologists Greens, as determined by their constitutions are: sustainability, social justice, non-violence, direct and participatory democracy, respect for diversity, decentralization and subsidiarity, protect and restore natural ecosystems, the quality of life, personal and social responsibility and equity and anti-austerity.

Stamou says she was born an Orthodox Christian but "found the answers to her questions" in Islam after delving for years into all religions. A graduate of business management and once a yoga trainer, Stamou states that she is leading a Muslim life since she embraced Islam at aged 30.

She now opts for politics after her "activist" years along with being a teacher.

"What drew me to politics is my objective of guaranteeing a life for Muslims in Greece with equal rights to those of other Greek citizens through all means," she says.

She is responsible for the public relations at the Muslim Association of Greece and is wife of the head of the Muslim Association also.

Stamou also speaks on her ideal to ensure that Greek Muslims become citizens who are able to both fulfil their responsibilities towards their country and claim their rights in equal measure.

"My message to the Greek Muslims is to actively participate in the EP voting process and enjoy their rights to elect and be elected without the fear of their voice falling on deaf ears."

She pointed out the fact that she is the first headscarfed nominee for an EP seat, who argues against any discrimination of people by their appearance.

Stamou asserted that some may take the headscarf as a "threat" but every citizen should do something for their country.

"I will exert all my efforts for ensuring that Muslims do not consider themselves as a minority in Greece. If I get elected for the EP, I will fight for equal right for Muslims and the prevention of discrimination against Muslims," she said.

Another goal of Stamou is to work for the construction of a mosque in Athens - the sole European capital without a mosque. Efforts to this end have been delayed for years for an "unknown reason" she claims.

Greek candidates will stand for 21 seats in the European Parliament during the European Election on 25 May, coinciding with the local elections in the country. The number of seats allocated to Greece declined from 22 to 21, as a result of the 2013 reapportionment of seats in the EP.

In the 2009 elections, the Ecologist Greens of Greece won only one seat at the EP after receiving 3.49 percent of the votes.
Source : http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/135782/headscarfed-muslim-woman-to-run-for-greece-in-ep-polls

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mercredi 7 mai 2014

Selon la presse allemande, la Grèce ressemble à un pays du Tiers monde

German Press: Greece Resembles Third World Country


by Nikoleta Kalmouki - May 6, 2014

A recent article in German magazine Focus states that “the good news from Greece is misleading,” and that “this exhausted country will depend for many years on the support mechanism.”

The article, referring to the food giveaways in Greek street markets, reports that thousands of people were rushing past producers’ stalls and raiding their trucks to get free fruits and vegetables, likening the scenes to those of a third world country.

According to Focus, the gaps between classes are huge – many people don’t have enough money to cover their basic needs, while others have found extremely creative ways to hide their wealth from the Greek state.

However, the German magazine claims the Greek media is presenting a completely different picture, citing recent headlines such as “Greece is saved,” “Greece achieved primary surplus,” or “Return to markets”.

The article claims that although Greece and its foreign creditors keep saying that the Greek economy is experiencing growth, the “success story” is excessive. Europe is experiencing the fifth year of financial crisis and Greece is plunging deeper into recession with its people suffering, Focus notes.
Source : http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/05/06/german-press-greece-resembles-third-world-country/